TEL AVIV, December 4. /TASS/. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has announced that two more servicemen had been killed fighting the Palestinian radical group Hamas in the Gaza Strip which brings the total IDF death toll to 401, The Times of Israel newspaper said.
According to the newspaper, "the IDF has announced the deaths of 401 soldiers including the announcement today. Of those, 75 died during the ground offensive inside the Gaza Strip." The news outlet points out that the "vast majority of the others were killed in fighting with Hamas terrorists in southern Israel," almost all of them on the day of Hamas’s initial attack on October 7.
Tensions flared up again in the Middle East on October 7 when militants from the Gaza-based Palestinian radical group Hamas staged a surprise incursion into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. Hamas described its attack as a response to the aggressive actions of Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. In response, Israel has declared a state of war readiness; announced a total blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to 2.3 million Palestinians; and began delivering air strikes on the enclave and certain parts of Lebanon and Syria. Clashes are underway in the West Bank as well.